Bell, Nabokov’s butterflies, and S.J. Gould

Daniel Bell of “The Post-Industrial Society” prophesy, dies at 91 (Source: NYTimes, Jan25/11) Bell was something of a social prophet, announcing the end of global political ideologies such as the Communism of the USSR (See The End of Ideology). Later he predicted that service-based economies would come to supplant agricultural and industrial-based economies. He can be…

When Political Discourse Becomes Popular Non-Fiction

  In a time of extreme insensitivities and extreme sensitivities it becomes difficult to navigate through discussions of difficult political and/or social issues. More recently, in this “Obama era,” there has been an attempt to push back against political egoism and cynicism through a renewed rhetoric of socially universal values. These values, however, become universalized through vagueness not through rigorous development. Heart, play, love, hope and…